Roger Harding, director of communications, policy and campaigns
"""As the cost of living rises and wages stagnate, high housing costs are stretching many family budgets to breaking point. For homeowners struggling to pay the mortgage each month, letting out a room to a lodger could provide them with a valuable source of income each month - but the threshold of the Rent a Room scheme needs an increase to make this an attractive option. Not only would this give renters more options, for some struggling homeowners it could make it easier to balance the bills."""
Alex Hilton, director of Generation Rent
"There are thousands of people struggling to find somewhere to live near their work, and at the same time thousands of bedrooms are going spare. The government should do what it can to make it easier to let these rooms - that's why we're backing Raise the Roof."
Chris Norris, head of policy at the National Landlords Association
"The Rent-a-Room scheme is a great way to encourage households to make better use of their homes, removing the need to become involved with complicated and time consuming tax returns. However, it is completely undermined by the fact that the tax threshold for income from renting a room has remained unchanged since 1997. The decades since have seen a boom, two busts, and an enormous amount of change to the cost of living - yet no change to the rent-a-room threshold."
"The average cost of renting a room home has doubled since 1997, it is about time that the tax system acknowledged this and made it easier for households to help ease the housing shortage."
Jenny Jervis, marketing manager at Endsleigh
"At a time when housing is in short supply, it makes sense for the Government to incentivise homeowners to become live-in landlords and let out their spare rooms. It also helps homeowners deal with the cost of living crisis at a time when interest rates look set to rise. A more realistic threshold is long overdue."
Kate Faulkner, Managing Director of propertychecklists.co.uk
"I started out renting rooms in other people's houses. It helped me settle in a new area quickly when I took a job in Croydon and knew no one. It also meant I could save for a deposit on my first house. Since then I have rented out my spare room to others, but had to incur specialist tax advice as the rent was above £4,250. Raising the Roof would make it so much easier and I am sure this would benefit many future owners and renters tremendously."
Hannah Williams, founder and CEO of rentalraters.com
"Competition for high-quality, affordable places to rent is intense right now. More opportunities to rent a homeowner's spare room would be a great way to ease the pressure on the already stretched rental market. We support Raise the Roof, it's an excellent common-sense initiative."
Alan Ward, RLA chairman
"This is a simple and expedient way to increase affordable accommodation which RLA fully supports."
Ian Fletcher, director of policy at the British Property Federation
"We are not going to build our way out of a housing crisis overnight and therefore need a range of solutions that add homes, but also make best use of those we have now. Renting a room is a win-win, helping homeowners who may be struggling with their own housing costs and providing another person with a home. Government should do more to incentivise those who are looking to make best use of spare rooms and increasing the tax free threshold is long overdue."
Nick Katz, CEO and co-founder, Locatable.com
"It's crazy to think that there are 15,000,000 empty rooms in England alone, nearly double the population of London...with a huge housing shortage on. Not a day goes by without a headline referring to the housing shortage/crisis/disaster in our country and particularly in London. Making it easier to unlock these underutilised assets is clearly one of the most effective solutions for keeping landlords above water in terms of mortgages while also freeing up supply to respond to surging demand for homes."
Rajeev Nayyar, Director of Fixflo
"Raising the threshold for the Rent a Room scheme is long overdue and the private rented sector is bursting at the seams. This simple measure would give a much needed boost to the availability of housing stock by providing homeowners with a meaningful incentive to access the untapped income from their spare rooms."
David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents
"Anything that makes housing more affordable for consumers is a good thing. Renting a room within someone's home may be the safe and affordable solution that many are looking for."
"It also allows struggling homeowners to utilise their spare rooms, providing income they me be reliant upon to pay their mortgage."
"At a time when so many are priced out of housing, efforts should be poured in to providing affordable solutions such as increasing the threshold of the Rent a Room Scheme."
We'll be adding further partners throughout the campaign as more people lend their support to Raise the Roof.